what i’m into :: may 2014.

Friends!  It’s that time of month again …which always sounds a little weird right when I type the words, but you get the picture.  Time to see – mostly – what I’ve been reading, along with some other musings and pictures from the month of May.  Link up with us!  

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The HBH (Hot Black Husband) and I got away for a baby moon! Mendocino, CA.

I read…

An Altar in the World (Taylor, 5/5) – wowzas. I’m not sure how I’m just now finding Barbara Brown Taylor, but I’m a huge fan already. Truly, there is Beauty in every sentence.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Cain, 5/5) – I may not technically call myself an introvert, but if you are an introvert, if you live with an introvert, if you work with an introvert, or if you – in general – realize that introverts make up a huge portion of the world’s population, you should probably read this book.

Comic Poems (Washington, 3/5) – Meh. I’m trying to read more poetry, and while this got me headed in the right direction, it wasn’t as comical, per say, as I’d hoped it’d be. (Want to read it? First person to send me their address – it’s yours!)

A Homemade Year (Greer, 3/5) – I really like Jerusalem Jackson Greer’s writing – as per her DIY projects and recipes, I’m not a huge fan. But the woman is zealous!

Fangirl (Rowell, 4/5) – Rainbow Rowell brings it home again. A YA writer, this time she captures that freshman year of college voice – as always – better than any other YA writer I’ve read!

Lit (Karr, 4/5) – It’s a first-time-for-everything month, and that includes author and poet Mary Karr. While I wanted to like her writing more, I’m still in the land of mostly-liking her …it’s a style thing, I suppose!

When You Reach Me  (Stead, 4/5) – Winner of the Yearling Newbury, this YA book received high marks …and again, I mostly liked it. Excellent use of the young voice.

Lean In (Sandberg, 4/5) – Were I to find myself donning the power suit in Corporate America everyday, I think I’d give this book 5/5 stars – but as per the overall message of women “leaning in,” YES. Fabulous.

The Death of Bees (O’Donnell, 3/5) – A Sassy Ladies Book Club selection, it was another “meh” to me – I loved the Scottish voice and world, but did not love the overall dreariness.

Soil and Sacrament (Bahnson, 5/5) – I’m having a pure love affair with the tangible reality of dirt + spirituality. (PS: This is next month’s SheLoves Book Club selection …join us!)

Americanah (Adichie, 5/5) – Wowzas. While it took me awhile to get through the book, I was captivated from start to finish. (And another PS: This is July’s SheLoves Book Club selection …join us!)

Reading… Handling the Truth, The Goldfinch, God’s Hotel and The Prophet.  What?  Only four books right now?  What is going ON with me?    

I designed - maybe - the world's best Donut Olympics trophy.  (And just finished a stint as a part-time youth pastor.  Bam).
I designed – maybe – the world’s best Donut Olympics trophy. (And just finished a stint as a part-time youth pastor. Bam).

I wore… More and more (…and more) maternity clothes, along with this comfy non-maternity dress from Target.  [Note: I purchased a cute black and taupe striped dress, which is for some reason not actually coming up.]

I wrote… A finished book proposal (including three sample chapters) ready for submission to publishers.  Bam!

I ate… These amaze balls turkey burgers, complete with chili slaw and creamy gorgonzola spread for a little feast with friends this past Sunday.  Do yourself a favor and eat them tonight for dinner.

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Le bebe? Little Man growing in my womb is now the size of a head of cauliflower – which given all the wrestling boys in high school plagued with cauliflower ear, is a little gross to imagine floating around my insides.  Alas, we’re excited for the end of August to near, and in the meantime whatever shall we name the bugger?  Convinced he was a girl, we’re still waiting on PNC (Perfect Name Confirmation).

And I went to my first baseball game of the season - while I usually cheer on the Giants, you can't beat free tickets to the A's!
And I went to my first baseball game of the season – while I usually cheer on the Giants, you can’t beat free tickets to the A’s!

And I laughed a hearty belly-laugh at this…

Okay, and this…

That’s it – for now!  We’re off to San Diego this weekend, so I’m sure there will be a hoard of pictures and stories to follow.  Otherwise, what have you been into this past month?  Do share!

18 thoughts on “what i’m into :: may 2014.

    1. Alissa, I promise I don’t normally consume this many books in a month …but I somehow “read” four on Audible (as I was doing a whole lot of driving?!), and also have had more than my share of pregnancy insomnia – which makes me read at 3 in the morning. It happens. :)

    1. The book is yours! Are you interested in Americanah and A Homemade Life as well? Let me know, and I’ll send you all three if so. Will email you about the book proposal! xo.

  1. Quiet was a great read, Cara. you’re going to San Diego this weekend while our daughter is flying up form there for a visit. (It must be a balance thing.) Enjoy the trip!

      1. The San Diego Zoo, of course. There’s a nice little Japanese tea house in the park there as well, a little down the hill from the zoo, and it’s a pleasant place to sit outside and enjoy the view over tea and rice crackers. The aircraft carrier they turned into a museum down at the harbor might be fun for the kids too.

      2. Awesome! I’ll send these to James – he’s having a hay day with the itinerary. :)

        Cara Meredith

        writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  2. I’m just finding out about Barbara Brown Taylor, myself. You’re not alone! I can’t wait to pick up one of her books. I’ve been dying to read Fangirl, too. Everyone has been saying such amazing things. I even found a scene from the story adapted on youtube. Hopefully that will be on my June What I’m Into post.

    1. Oh, no way (about the Fangirl link) – send it to me, will you? It’ll be interesting to see if her books get turned into movies. I think she’s phenom with the YA voice.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  3. Such great stuff! I’m looking forward to reading what you’re writing for your discussion post. S&S is such an incredible read, so excited to discuss it at Red Couch. I’m planning to read An Altar In the World this summer – so pumped. Your turkey burger looks DELISH! Have a wonderful and safe time in San Diego!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I’m about to send Leigh a begging-email, asking for a couple more days. It was too much to try and get my proposal and the SheLoves post both written by June 1!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  4. I’ve read 7 of the books you listed. Go me! So glad you’re on the BBT fan train now. Altar in the World is my favorite of hers. Congrats on finishing your book proposal!

    1. Brenda, YES …Quiet was dreamy and affirming in all the right ways. Good connecting with you!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

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